Breastfeeding: Is your baby eating enough?
A feeding guide for moms who breastfeed
How do you know if your baby is eating enough breast milk?
In the beginning, you will know your newborn is eating enough milk if he stops passing meconium (thick black or dark-green stools) after about four days, and begins to pass yellow, seedy, runny stools three or more times a day.
During the 1st month your baby will wet six to eight diapers and have two bowel movements per day. Once your milk supply is established, he should gain about 2/3 ounce per day during his first 3 months. Between 3 and 6 months, weight gain tapers off to about 1/2 ounce per day.
Other signs to look for:
Charting the course: patterns commonly seen in breastfed infants
Indicator Age Description Urine Output 3–4 days Pale yellow to clear (not deep yellow or orange) 5–7 days 6 or more wet diapers Stools 1–2 days Thick, tarry, and black color 3–4 days Greenish-yellow color 5 days Yellow color (not white or clay-colored) with watery, seedy, or mustard-like texture By 5–7 days 3–4 stools/day 1 month and older Number of stools might vary (can be several stools/day, 1 every 3–4 days, or 1/week). Weight Gain Birth–6 months 4 oz–8 oz/week 7–12 months 3 oz–6 oz/week Breastfeeding Pattern Birth–1 month 8–12 feedings/24 hours 1–2 months 7–10 feedings/24 hours 2–4 months 6–9 feedings/24 hours 4–6 months 6–8 feedings/24 hours
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